ALP is pleased to announce that we have selected the successful candidate who will be filling the Canada Summer Jobs grant position of Research Assistant. Samuel Reive will be joining the ALP team May 16, 2022 and will be working up until August 29, 2022 and will primarily be working on our newly funded Sheep and Goat Vegetation Management Accreditation Program. Samuel is a current student enrolled in the Agricultural Management Diploma program at Olds College who has a keen interest in raising sheep. Please help us in welcoming Samuel to our team!
ALP in partnership with the Alberta Goat Association and Lakeland College will be working on developing a series of modules for Alberta sheep/goat producers to learn best practices for grazing forages under normal and unique circumstances. Modules will form a sheep and goat vegetation management accreditation program. Stakeholders requiring or offering vegetation management services, using livestock, will use these resources for contract and partnership development.
Sheep and goats present land stewards a unique opportunity to graze areas near sensitive water bodies, that cattle cannot access and by consuming plant species (including woody and weedy species) that cattle find unpalatable. Sheep and goats’ digestive systems will break down weed seeds and often leave them incapable of germination.
This project aims to develop a series of modules for the creation of a sheep & goat vegetation management accreditation program. Modules will be used to educate flock managers and serve as the go to resource for comprehensive grazing and sheep & goat management under the specific situations listed above. Our project will engage both land and animal stakeholders to make this project more balanced in showing perspectives and needs from both sides involved in vegetation management.